Introduction to St. Marys, Pennsylvania

St. Marys, Pennsylvania, in Elk county, is 92 miles SE of Erie, Pennsylvania (center to center) and 101 miles NE of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

St. Marys History

The city was originally a Bavarian Catholic town. The German Catholic Brotherhood of Philadelphia and Baltimore organized themselves to form a colony free from racial and religious persecution. This colony was established in 1842, and the group bought a tract of land in the Shippen District. A new settlement arose which was known as Sanct Marien Stadt or St. Marys, in honor of Mother Mary. By 1860, the basic industries emerges and plans began to develop to have a railroad. The area became a city after including the township of Benzinger in 1992.

St. Marys and Nearby Attractions

  • Allegheny National Forest
  • Elk Herd Watch
  • Bendigo State Park
  • Kane Railroad Depot and Museum
  • Kinzua Dam
  • Fisherman’s Paradise

Things To Do In St. Marys

Several parks in proximity to the city include Elk State Park, Allegheny National Forest, and Bendigo State Park. Decker’s Chapel, America’s smallest chapel is another popular attraction. Kane Railroad Depot and Museum and Robinson Museum are also nearby. Opportunities to play golf are available at The Bavarian Hills Golf Course and St. Marys Country Club. People may participate in sports like archery, volleyball, swimming, and basketball at Luhr, Memorial, Kaulmont, and Benzinger Parks.

St. Marys Transportation

Bradford Regional Airport is located near the city.

St. Marys Higher Education

Colleges near St. Marys include Penn State Dubois, University of Pittsburgh - Bradford campus, and Clarion University.

St Marys Almanac

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St Marys Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance9.8 miles
Jan Temp13 to 32 F
Apr Temp31 to 57 F
Jul Temp54 to 80 F
Oct Temp35 to 60 F
Annual Precip43.4 inches
Distance21.2 miles
Jan Temp13 to 32 F
Apr Temp30 to 58 F
Jul Temp53 to 80 F
Oct Temp35 to 60 F
Annual Precip48.1 inches
Distance28.3 miles
Jan Temp15 to 33 F
Apr Temp32 to 59 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip42.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Mount Jewett1,012$56,250

St Marys Public Libraries

Saint Marys Public Library
St Marys, Pennsylvania
(814) 834-6141

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St Marys Hospitals

Elk Regional Health Center
763 Johnsonburg Road
(814) 781-7500
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